[svlug] One year after XP on the OPLC XO-1: Nobody wants XP

Edward Cherlin echerlin at gmail.com
Wed May 20 20:18:23 PDT 2009

As I predicted last year. "I can't tell you how much I have been
looking forward to trials of Linux and Windows on the same hardware by
the same people, none of them on the Microsoft payroll."

We will discuss these and other issues at the OLPC BOF, 10 am Saturday
at Baycon. Bring your XOs! Bring your questions! Learn about the next
billion Linux users!


BTW, Sugar now runs in some form on Fedora, Debian, Ubuntu, ALT Linux,
Mandriva, Caixa Mágica, Gentoo, Open SUSE, and Slackware, with many
more to come. You can also install Sugar on a Stick (SoaS) on a USB
flash drive and boot it on any x86 box that can boot from USB,
including x86 Macs. VirtualBox, qemu, and VMWare can run images of
most of these on Linux, Mac, and Windows systems generally. (I have
tested seven of them successfully running in VirtualBox.) SoaS, along
with LiveCDs, means that we can use Sugar without installing it, which
may enable us to bypass restrictions in many computer labs.

On Wed, May 20, 2009 at 8:40 AM, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> http://www.olpcnews.com/software/windows/nobody_buying_windows_xo_laptops.html
> Sugar Wins! Nobody Buying Windows XO Laptops
> 18 MAY 2009
> It was almost exactly one year ago that Nicholas Negroponte announced an
> agreement between OLPC and Microsoft to bring Windows XP to the XO-1 to
> great turmoil. I vividly remember the late-night flood of e-mails and
> IRC chats where everyone was trying to figure out just what that
> announcement really meant.
> Interestingly, since then, we've heard only a few stories of Windows XO
> [link] actually being used in deployments. At one point Microsoft
> proudly announced that Colombia had a Windows XO pilot [link] and other
> countries with ongoing trials were mentioned at different points in
> time.
> I've been wondering about what ever happened to these Windows XP-based
> OLPC trials. I haven't really heard anything about them in quite some
> time. Now more recently I've asked around and found there is a good
> reason why I haven't seen anything: countries are choosing Sugar over
> Windows XP for their XO deployments.
> Apparently the conversations are going pretty much as many of us had
> expected: Initially country representatives inquire if Windows XP runs
> on the XO laptop. That doesn't really come as a surprise - for many
> people Windows is the definition of a computer. However, upon further
> investigation every country decided to stick to Sugar.
> Which extra XP cost and hassle do you think kills the Windows XO idea?
> Also, and I'm not quite sure whether this might be related, but I've
> heard that Microsoft Unlimited Potential [link] is undergoing a
> reorganization as part of the Microsoft layoffs [link].
> Posted by Christoph Derndorfer on May 18, 2009 in Sales Talk: Microsoft,
> Software: Windows
> Tagged Microsoft, Sugar Labs, Sugar Learning Platform, Unlimited
> Potential, Windows XO, XP on the XO
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